Light Of India

4.5
153 reviews
£25 and under
Indian
Situated in the heart of Kensington, The Light of India restaurant is a classy and elegant Indian restaurant established in 1984. Dishes are derived from the Moghul cuisine of North West India where fish and meat ingredients are, traditionally, cooked in a tandoor oven. Being awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, Open Table Dinners Choice Award as well as the Certificate of Excellence by AAA our culinary philosophy is deceptively simple. We celebrate the very best of Indian food. The Light of India is the perfect place for family dining in London, an intimate dinner with your special somebody, or just a meal with friends or colleagues.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Offers

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Daily 4:30PM - 10:00PM

What 153 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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TolgaT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Great food but check your bill!!

Lovely little venue and we really enjoyed our curries, we had the pre-theatre menu and I couldn't fault the food!

The reason for my 3 star review is for 2 reasons which are being overcharged (twice), and the tables are incredibly close together so much so that you do feel as though you are dining with the people on the next table.

With regards to the being overcharged, the bill that arrived was hand written I had a quick look but the waiter already had the card machine so I didn't have long to look (felt like a deliberate trick), after I paid I also to double check an item that I had seen is the bill was higher than what I would of expected.

I queried one of the hand written balances that had no narrative apparently it was a service charge, which didn't really make sense as it didn't feel like 10%/12.5/15% of the bill. Even if it was right it was cheeky because the card machine asks you if you would like to leave a tip so at this point I realised I had tipped twice. The waiter did correct this for me and returned my tip in cash from the register.

Once i left the resteraunt I then realised despite spotting the 'service charge' my bill had been added up incorrectly either they didn't use a calculator or it is a deliberate tactic as they assume most people won't review their bill.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food. When paying the bill I did not appreciate being asked if I would like to leave a tip though.

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LucasK
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!
Great place and Athmosphere!
Great service!

Typical Indian restaurant with everything in order.
Our advice: Go!!!

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vipIngrid
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely elegant restaurant, perfect location, delicious authentic food and great cocktails. Fantastic service, will def. return.

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AndrewB
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service you won’t be disappointed superb

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This meal was part of our Wedding Anniversary celebration. The food was lovely, we will definitely be back when we’re next back in London

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PhillipW
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal last night. Highly recommended good menu great prices

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David
Warwickshire
5 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent food including a number of interesting dishes not usually available at standard Indian restaurants. Good location very close to Gloucester Road Underground Station and a short walk from our hotel. Will go there again when we are next in the area.

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TracyD
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, helpful and friendly staff, amazing food, great service. Best curry

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Foodie
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good and prompt service. Enjoyed the dining experience.

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Realy tasty food and good service, although some of extras, rice Nan were a little expensive.

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Foodface
London
21 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, beautifully presented. We opted for the tasting menu and were very happy with our choice.

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PhilT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food, great decor service not helped by masks and shortage of some products as had only been open a week from lockdown! But would definitely go again

RB
RitaB
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really liked your restaurant. The food was delicious, the interior was beautiful, and the service was excellent.

JK
JazK
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, visiting from the Midlands and decided to try this place out.. It didn't disappoint... Nice food, Nice place, Great friendly staff.. Overall would highly recommend this place..

HB
HeidiB
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Superb food, cooked very well excellent service. Would go again

KM
KazMac
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best bombay aloo I have ever tasted! Very reasonable for location. Good range of authentic dishes. Would definately recommend.

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TobyW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good Indian restaurant. Attentive service and good food.

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ClareF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my adult daughter and niece out for dinner. All three of us thought it fantastic.

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Maria
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Food is not amazing and the ambience is quite boring

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NathanSW
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing food, I would go again.

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WELOVEFRANCE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, friendly staff and excellent food

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AndreiaC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Sorry..but the food was not good and well prepared..

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Bobbyboy
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

An average all-round restaurant. Service can be slow. Check the bill. They will add service charge.

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CarolineL
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, with very good service (particularly from Anam) and a lovely ambiance. The food was very good quality but fairly small portions. We will, however, return in the future.

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vlad43210
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A 5 course prix fixe menu WITH drinks for under GBP 60? Amazing food, extremely attentive service, luxurious atmosphere? Count me in!!

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johnp19
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, tasty, not 'greasy Indian '. Excellent team, friendly and helpful. Very good value for money, and will definitely come here again

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TaniaV
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So Amazing
Perfect service, perfect place and food too much.

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Outtatowner
Mayo
2 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic experience. Everything was perfect; all five in our party had the tasting menu and were blown away by it! The food was unlike anything we'd ever had, the courses all started out as works of art and proved to be every bit as tasty as they looked. The wine pairings were perfect. The service was impeccable. It was Christmas night and it was indeed a special occasion in all respects. Thanks!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food and service average at best

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RuudD
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ivery good Nice Place to be good fine tasting food, we were the nexc evening agian recarfs Ruud grom Holland

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were amazing and the food was out of this world. The place is the best I have ever been to for an Indian meal. Absolutely loved it

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Richard
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent but pricey for what is was. We booked a table for five several weeks before and were disappointed to be seated in a corner, with no access in or out (for either waiters to access the entire table or guests to access the toilets). The table wasn't actually ready when we arrived (no side plates). Due to the very congested seating, the waiters couldn't actually deliver our food or remove our plates without help from us by passing all our dishes to the end. This was poor and we were still charged £20 for service charge.

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Family
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Everything was really good. Very disappointed with Maruf. We asked a couple of questions and he was quite aloof and not really interested. He got a bit more friendly towards the end when he wanted to review him. Then went back to being not bothered. Other than him the meal was excellent

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CraigL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Service slow .food average .cost high .service charge added to the bill
Wouldn’t recommend

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SusanD
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food. Lovely friendly staff, warm and Cody.
I visit London every year and this is my second yr booking this fab restaurant

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Andrei
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Service on that day was horrible, staff wasn't friendly before the payment we had another waiter who got us a bill so he was smiling and even talking to us a bit but it was all about leaving a good review about he's service.
But food was very good!
Condition of this place is required a refreshing.)

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Prawnton
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous tasting menu. Wonderful flavours delicately presented. Great service in tasteful surroundings who could want for more?

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ChantalV
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quite good on all points. Not as outstandingly delicious as it was in 2015.

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BrendanT
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food, good selection, a lot of the classics but also quite a lot that you won't find on other menus. Service is good, not overly attentive but pretty quick and responsive. It's a small restaurant so worth booking in advance to secure a table.

FAQs

Light Of India does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Light Of India also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7584 7654.

Light Of India is rated 4.5 stars by 153 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.